A cute handmade wallet is a great gift for children and adults! This simple and slim wallet design is perfect for holding cash and credit cards. This article includes free templates for creating 2 different wallet sizes, plus a step-by-step tutorial. Download the pattern templates below. This free sewing pattern is also suitable for large quarters!
I love small wallets that I can slip into my back pocket without carrying a purse. This model fits the bill, and there's more. You will be surprised to see two separate compartments inside.
As you might have guessed, this wallet is a sequel to the very popular original Fold and Stitch wallet model. Both are easy, but this second Fold and Stitch wallet is quicker and easier!
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You will have so much fun sewing, folding and finishing a wallet that has cute curves and two pockets inside.
- The small size is perfect for using up leftovers and both sizes can be made from just one large quarter.
- There are free templates you can download right now.
- This model is also ideal for using smaller interface pieces.
Zipped pouch dimensions
The smallest wallet measures approximately 4 1/2″ wide and 3 1/4″ tall when completed. It can easily hold a handful of cards, as well as a few folded bills.
The largest wallet measures approximately 5 1/2″ wide and 3 3/4″ tall. It can hold much more than the smallest wallet.
The materials list includes a link to the 2 free downloadable models.
Tips for choosing fabric and thread:
This project works best with cotton quilting fabric, but you can also use lightweight cotton canvas. These fabrics are easy to sew and available in many beautiful patterns. You can make this project in one fabric or use coordinating prints for the exterior and lining fabrics.
If you want to use fat quarters, you can create any size wallet from a single fat quarter, or mix and match to create at least 3 wallets with two different fat quarters.
Polyester thread is a good choice for this project because polyester is strong and has the least stretch to help it withstand heavy use.
What stabilizer do I need?
A medium weight iron-on stabilizer is recommended for this project to give the fabric a little extra durability. I used Pellon SF101 interfacing for half of my wallets and some iron-on interfacing scraps that I kept forever for the rest.
You can also use iron-on fleece with this pattern. In this case, only fuse the fleece to one piece of fabric (either the exterior or lining) and use medium weight interfacing or no interfacing at all on the other piece of fabric.
So let's start creating cute wallets!
You will need:
- 1/4 yard or less of cotton fabric or fabric scraps
- 1/2 yard 20″ wide iron-on interfacing (such as Pellon SF101)
- A snap and a plastic snap setter (mine is of the KAM snap variety; see lots of options here)
- Cutting tools: scissors, rotary cutter, acrylic ruler and cutting mat
- A sewing machine and a sewing machine needle (90/14 size suggested)
- Wonderclips or sewing pins
- Pinking scissors (optional but very practical – Kai brand are my favorite because they don't hurt my hands)
- Wand or turning tool
- The downloadable pattern template:
Print the pattern templates at 100% (do not enlarge or reduce) and cut them out.
1. From cotton fabric, cut:
- 1 piece for the exterior of the wallet, using the template of the desired size
- 1 piece for the lining, using the template of the desired size
Make sure to fold your fabric in half and place the indicated line on the fold of the fabric.
2. Cut two pieces of medium weight iron-on interfacing in the same way.
Merge the interface with the two pieces of fabric
1. Press to apply iron-on stabilizer to the back of both pieces of fabric.
Sew the exterior and lining together
Use a 1/4″ seam allowance.
1. Place the exterior of the wallet and the lining pieces right sides together and pin all around.
2. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew all around the wallet, leaving a 4″ opening in the center of the bottom edge so you can turn it over. Pivot with your needle down in all corners.
Sew slowly around the curved edges to maintain a smooth 1/4″ seam allowance.
3. Cut off the extra fabric at the bottom corners.
Attach it to the top inside corner seams.
Cut notches in the seam allowance around the curves or use pinking shears to cut the curved seam, creating many small notches.
4. Turn the wallet right side out through the opening along the bottom edge. Use a chopstick or turning tool to carefully push back the corners and edges. Press the wallet flat. Fold the raw edges of the opening inward and iron.
5. Topstitch all around the wallet near the edge, closing the opening at the same time.
Fold and sew the wallet!
1. Lay the wallet piece on your workspace, face up. Fold the right side flap toward the center.
2. Then fold the flap on the left side. Adjust the flaps until they are exactly on top of each other. Secure with Wonderclips.
3. Start sewing on the right side, where the curved edge touches the side of the wallet. Backstitch and sew in the bottom corner.
4. Rotate and sew in the lower left corner. Backstitch and cut the threads.
Attach the snap parts
1. Place the portfolio on your workspace with the back facing up. Use a pen or pencil to make a mark for the snap that is centered and 3/4″ above the bottom edge of the flap.
Tip: Snap placement is the same for both wallet sizes: centered and 3/4″ above the bottom edge of the flap.
2. Use the snap adjuster tool to apply one side of the snap to the wallet flap.
3. Close the flap to help you mark where the other side of the snap should be placed.
4. Apply the opposite side of the snap to the exterior pocket.
Now try sewing the other size…which one do you prefer?
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